Here’s some tips I’ve learned over the years that I would like to offer to someone starting a garden from scratch. The biggest tip is to start small.
If I started a garden from scratch this is what I would do.
Build some raised beds in a sunny spot outside my kitchen.
And build a compost bin as well.
I would make my raised beds just high enough to sit on the edge comfortably.
My favorites are made out of 8″x6″ beams i think.
I would then fill the beds with the best dirt i could get my hands on.
Compost if i had it – made of grass clippings, lots of coffee grounds, eggshells, leftover fruit and produce, etc
Maybe some manure from chickens or sheep etc
Possibly some straw or leaves
I would build a trellis for the peas to climb
The seeds I would plant in the early spring would include:
- Black Seeded Simpson lettuce
- Lots of spinach to freeze
- Maybe some arugula or spring mix
- Possibly some radishes
- Sugar snap peas**
I would buy some brocolli and tomato plants probably 1-2 cherries and a larger slicing tomato
Then I might plant a zucchini or a squash as much for the flowers as for the veggies.
One secret I can share is I like to cut my zukes when they are tiny and slice them on just about everything pasta, sandwiches, salads, but esp grilled cheese
Also, I would plant lots of herbs:
- chives (mostly for looks and to feed the bees)
Possibly lots of basil but mostly basil for my window because it freezes so easy
Flowers I would plant include:
- Butterfly flower
Also, I would try to find someone with some raspberry starts I can transplant and build a 8×4 bed for them. If i could i would also try to find some strawberries to transplant.
Pots and containers
You might want to stay away from pots. I myself would stay away from pots. Pots dry out super fast so not only do they require a lot of attention they use more water I think.
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